Tags: Hawley loves free trials, hawley loves launch days, stop slacking hawley!
It is the rainy end of a bank holiday Monday, I’ve got a sausage sandwich-shaped hole in my tum, and tomorrow is A Certain Game’s official launch day.
Aye, the beast that is Guild Wars 2 is upon us. I have not been involved in the head-start launch as anything other than a spectator, but I still got to hear about issues with accounts, logging in, and general server evil. All in all, an MMO launch.
My sole participation in the head-start was to Not Help Very Much by installing the game. My game box arrived on Saturday morning from the Shop of the Amazon, so I installed it and created a game account. It took a few attempts to get an account created, but that’s both understandable, and no means rare for a new game launch. It was then a short while the game patched itself.
In a way, it’s been a bit of a strange feeling. This is the first MMO in a long time where I’ve not been in any way before launch. Nowadays a game pre-order comes with head-start access at the very least, and quite often some open-beta. And as the sort of gamer that enjoys an MMO launch, I tend to pre-order.
This time, not. ArenaNet’s choice of Pre-*Purchase* rather than Pre-*Order* came at a time when I just couldn’t afford to hand over the funds for something that I might not enjoy that much. At best, I’m a beta scratcher; I can’t invest in a beta so all I do is log on, check out the character creation, the combat, and maybe a bit of hunter-gathering, and then call it quits. Paying for a few hour’s testing seems counter-intuitive, when there are so many cool toys that I *need*.
But I’m really glad for all those people who did go on; it’s because of their blogging and tweeting that I shall be having a go at Guild Wars 2. You are all too numerous to mention, but Scarybooster gets a nod for the most in-depth analysis of the game so far, which did in fact prove to be the tipping point between indecision and life-long fandom.
A hearty congratulation to ArenaNet on the launch of their new game.